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Philadelphia Pediatric Dentist Shows Tricks to Get Your Child Brushing

By Gerald Regni, DMD on June 12, 2014

As parents, it's your responsibility to look out after your kids' health; even if they don't do a thing to benefit from it. This especially applies to making them brush their teeth.

Make no mistake; kids are more likely to prefer playing with their toys over brushing after dinner. If you force the habit, they'll likely show resistance; i.e. running away, hiding, pretending to be asleep. Regardless, you will have to get to them somehow for their own good.

the trick to getting kids to brush their teeth

That's the reality Emily Jade faced with her two-year-old daughter who rendered typical dental advice useless. She feared that her daughter would be the first two-year-old in the world with dentures (although that's open to interpretation) unless the latter began practicing oral hygiene. As it turns out, she was more fearful of the tactic her husband used to get their child to brush:

"Shockingly, she was looking at pictures of the worst teeth I’ve ever seen, and I mean black, green and everything in between. Chipped, broken and barely there.

 

Horrified, I questioned what on earth he had Googled? Gerard replied sheepishly, “Umm, meth addicts teeth”, followed by telling Millie her teeth would end up like that if she didn’t brush them daily."

This isn't the only method you could (or even should) use, however. Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD, pediatric dentist in Philadelphia, offers some alternative methods to get your kids brushing when they absolutely need to.

Skip Toothpaste (for Now)

Kids in their early years may not appreciate the minty, hint-of-bitter flavor of toothpaste, but a lot of dentists say it's okay to skip it for now. Dentists recommend this until two years of age, by which their bodies should be adapted to using toothpaste. Start with a pea-sized amount.

Brush with Him or Her

Copying actions is innate in kids as one of their learning mechanisms. Brush your teeth with her so that he or she develops desirable habits. You can assist him or her to some extent, but keep in mind that your child wants to learn to do it on his or her own.

Visit a Dentist

If you're not confident with your persuasion skills, get an emergency dentist in Philadelphia to help out. The child may learn the consequences of poor oral hygiene if his or her teeth start to ache.

(Source: "The trick to getting kids to brush their teeth," BMag, May 13, 2014)

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